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These inspiring women, entrepreneurs, investors and experts are sharing their best learnings at #BreakingBarriers in Bangalore. Will you be there?
These inspiring women entrepreneurs, investors and experts are sharing their best learnings at #BreakingBarriers in Bangalore. Will you be there?
Young India is abuzz with fresh talents and aspirations. As the aspirations of these young minds reach new levels, we are witnessing a steady influx of a new breed of highly enthusiastic, passionate, and focused entrepreneurs.
This group of individuals is full of fresh ideas, do not refrain from taking risks and are more than willing to walk the extra mile to achieve professional contentment. Plus, a sizeable number of these are women.
For these entrepreneurs, being in business isn’t only about making money. It is also about a higher vision they have. At the same time, they are mentors to others – mentors who can stretch us beyond our comfort zone and help us identify that higher purpose becomes paramount.
Here are 6 inspiring women who have accomplished much on their journey, and will be speaking at our upcoming Women’s Web event, #BreakingBarriers at Bangalore.
“You have to work to even the playing field which has been uneven for generations.”
Ashwini Asokan lives in Chennai with her husband and two children. She is the Founder & CEO of an Artificial Intelligence company, Mad Street Den, that she started after quitting a plush job in the Silicon Valley and moving to India.
She says that gender bias is a hard fact that women face everywhere, be it India or the US. But the good news is that as technology advances so does the exposure. People in India are slowly opening up and warming up to the idea of women being in business and becoming entrepreneurs. She is especially vocal about the pivotal role that today’s women play in overcoming gender role plays and shedding stereotypical roles.
Ashwini will be speaking at #BreakingBarriers about the challenges and opportunities that data offers small business owners.
“I am committed to constantly grow as a woman, pushing my limits in every direction and never settling for less.”
Bhavna Toor is the Founder & CEO of Shenomics. She is a leadership coach and through her company Shenomics she offers a mentoring platform to women; a platform that helps women to identify their true potential and achieve growth at work. Bhavna is an inspirational speaker and a passionate coach who believes that women can become the real game changers in the social framework if they live and lead from within.
Bhavna will be talking at #BreakingBarriers about authenticity in marketing and finding a style that works for you and your business.
“I realised I had become a person I didn’t recognise anymore. I realised it was time to get back to work.”
A mother of two, Neha Bagaria is the founder of JobsForHer, a platform which intends to reverse the female brain drain from within the Indian workforce after women get married, move countries with their spouses or after having kids. The job portal features jobs that range from full-time work, to part-time engagement and also work from home assignments.
Neha is a mentor at #BreakingBarriers and will be spending time with a select group of applicants.
“We try to lead with examples.”
Lalana Zaveri, co-founder of Printo, a retail chain that started in 2006 with one store and has expanded today to multiple stores across India, is a woman of grit and determination. She lives by the principle ‘lead by example.’ Lalana has worked extensively in areas of Operations and Leadership Development.
She drives people especially women to follow their dreams passionately. She also believes that understanding customers and identifying their needs is crucial for any business venture.
At #BreakingBarriers, Lalana Zaveri will be sharing her views on aligning marketing strategy with your business goals. She is also a mentor and will be spending time with a select group of applicants.
“My entrepreneurship is what makes me happy and pushes me forward.”
Nidhi Agarwal founded online apparel brand KAARYAH in 2013, and since then there has been no looking back for her. She understood the need for well fitted, functional, feminine and fashion-forward Western formal wear in India. There was a large unmet need for such apparel among women across age groups, no matter what their occupation was. With that philosophy, it is not surprising that investors such as Ratan Tata and Mohandas Pai subsequently funded KAARYAH.
At #BreakingBarriers, Nidhi will be sharing her own learnings from fast tracking KAARYAH on a bootstrapped model.
“I think women are natural entrepreneurs.”
Bharati Jacob is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Seedfund, which she started in 2006. As a venture capitalist, she knows very well that early-stage investment has more to do with gauging the ability of an entrepreneur than with the potential of a business idea. She is also a firm believer in the potential of women and their ability to take charge of their own lives and give it direction.
At #BreakingBarriers, Bharati will be sharing her views on aligning marketing strategy with your business goals.
These are some of the inspiring women whom you will meet at #BreakingBarriers in Bangalore, happening on 12 March in Manyata Tech Park, Bangalore. But the list is not exhaustive.
We have a great line-up of inspirational, knowledgeable speakers who will share their learnings and remind us to take charge of our own lives, to be brave and bold in our own choices, not to fear failure and to believe that failure is nothing more than a roadblock that can be circumvented on the way to reach our goals.
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